Lionel Messi’s viral moment was captured: The photographer who captured the most popular Instagram photo explains the background of the image

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On Sergio Aguero’s shoulders, Lionel Messi is holding the World Cup trophy aloft with both hands firmly clasped together.

The realization of a lifetime desire after years of World Cup heartbreak is captured in a brief second as his eyes light up and a wide smile spreads across his face.

The image was taken by Getty photographer Shaun Botterill, who was in the audience for one of the most iconic moments in sports history, and was one that Messi chose to share to commemorate his World Cup victory over France. It is currently the most liked post in Instagram history, surpassing a simple brown egg.

Following the trophy presentation, Messi spent some time with his family before making his way over to the crowd. This caused the photographers to swarm to the goal at that end of the field.

According to Botterill, “I almost got trapped, but just got trapped in the correct position.” “If most of us [photographers] are being completely honest, you always need a little bit of luck, and I had a little bit of luck on Sunday night.

“Messi was simply there and he didn’t move that much. You get pushed around sometimes. He just did all the little things, one-handed, two hands on the trophy.

This is a wider view of Botterill's viral Messi picture.

“We had no idea what would transpire at the very end. Planning for the trophy hoist is possible, but it is impossible to predict how hectic the run-around will be. I was probably no more than two meters away from him, which is rather near.

He’s right there where you want him to be and that doesn’t happen frequently, so it’s a bit surreal and strange sensation.

In my opinion, the way the winner is holding the trophy and grinning shows that he had a special moment with the crowd.

In response, Botterill snatched a cable from one of the remote cameras behind the goal, hooked it into his camera, and emailed the picture to his editors. Aguero is a former Argentina teammate of Messi who retired in December 2021 after being diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia.

By happenstance, Botterill’s son was that evening manning the editing station.

In a message, my oldest son told me, “I’ve modified your image dad, it’s a really great picture,” recounts Botterill.

The criticism from his kid has turned out to be rather understated.

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Botterill claims that because he doesn’t have a social media account, he was first totally unaware that his photo had become famous.

Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook, revealed on Wednesday that Messi’s Instagram post, which was preceded by Botterill’s photo, had surpassed all previous records for the number of likes received on the platform. It has more than 69 million likes as of this writing and is continuously growing.

The egg image that Messi’s post overtook as the record has 57 million likes as of 2019.

Botterill claims that because he doesn’t have a social media account, he was first totally unaware that his photo had become famous.

Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook, revealed on Wednesday that Messi’s Instagram post, which was preceded by Botterill’s photo, had surpassed all previous records for the number of likes received on the platform. It has more than 69 million likes as of this writing and is continuously growing.

The egg image that Messi’s post overtook as the record has 57 million likes as of 2019.

It’s a little crazy because… I truly had no idea what was happening,” Botterill continues. “It wasn’t until a coworker texted me to tell me, “Oh, have you noticed how many likes [your photo has]?”

“So it’s a little ironic that all of a sudden I’m this elderly person who isn’t on social media but who obviously put out a picture that’s been picked up a little bit on the back of a famous footballer. It’s actually rather comical because when I got off the plane, I had no idea what the heck was going on.








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